2023 Business and Philanthropy Forum


​For the first time ever, #Africa was represented at the 7th Business and Philanthropy Forum 2023 (2023年第七届商业与慈善论坛) in #Singapore – the two-day premier gathering and an immersive learning experience for Asia’s largest family offices and private wealth management offices, philanthropists, next-gens, tech founders, investors, academics, policy makers, and nonprofit leaders worldwide, in-person in Asia’s wealth hub Singapore, on November 9th and 10th, 2023, at Shangri-La Hotel.
In the spirit of South-South cooperation between Asian and African countries and stakeholders, the Pan-African Council had the honour of curating a 20-person high-level African delegation to the event, representing all 6 regions of Africa and the Diaspora.


The Council was honored to have Her Majesty Princess Tirelo Molotlegi from South Africa’s Royal Bafokeng Kingdom (Royal Bafokeng Holdings) keynote the forum, who spoke on royal family philanthropy and impact investment.

At the forefront of our commitment to catalyse sustainable development and economic advancement on the African continent, we also hosted the “Investing in Africa” workshop featuring distinguished leaders: 1) Dianne Dusaidi – Lead, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Transitions of Mastercard Foundation Africa, 2) Osa Aihie – COO of Africa Equity Group, and 3) Fayçal Aliou – President of Rizq Ventures, who actively contribute as part of the Pan-African Council network and work to enrich our comprehension of the investment dynamics within Africa.

Anchored in this purpose, the workshop offered an interactive platform for insightful dialogues and presentations, enabling participants to gain invaluable perspectives from the forefront of African-based initiatives and potential pathways for deeper cooperation with Asia. The initial presentation plunged into untapped investment potential across diverse sectors, bolstered by real-world successes, and discussions on prevalent misconceptions and hurdles regarding the African continent. The ensuing discourse transitioned to sustainable investment strategies, showcasing models that align with enduring development objectives through impactful case studies, underscoring the pivotal roles of environmental and social considerations.

Business and Purpose

With a strong lineup of over 15 keynote speeches and panels, 25 breakout fireside chats and masterclasses, and networking experiences, the 2023 Business and Philanthropy Forum offers informative deep dive into cross-cutting thematic topics that represent the most pressing business and philanthropic challenges in the region. Delegates gained valuable insights into best practices in strategic philanthropy, family succession and legacy planning, family business as a force for good, family office governance, impact and sustainable investment, and together to raise the awareness in aligning wealth with a purpose.

We look forward to executing the impact projects discussed during the Forum and deepen meaningful cooperation between the African and Asian continents.